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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 September, 2004, 08:43 GMT 09:43 UK
South East news: Week in review
BBC News Online looks back at some of the stories making the headlines in the South East over the past week.


Murdered man's businesses probed

The business dealings of a 36-year-old man found shot dead at his Surrey home were being investigated in an attempt to establish who murdered him, police said on Monday.

Daniel Blackett
Daniel Blackett was found with gun shot wounds at his Surrey home
Daniel Blackett was found with gunshot wounds at his home in Sandhills Lane, Thorpe Green, Virginia Water, on Saturday and died later in hospital.

Police said they were looking at the father-of-two's business background in the hunt for his killer.

One line of inquiry being looked into was whether it could have been a contract killing.


UK and France in rescue exercise

British and French emergency services staged a joint sea rescue exercise off Dover on Tuesday.

The exercise, called Manchex 2004, was to test how coastguards from the two countries would cope with a shipping accident in the Channel.

The drill involved the simulated collision between two vessels with one ship being holed and catching fire.

The exercise was part of a series of events being held to mark the centenary of the Entente Cordiale and was the biggest disaster reconstruction to be held in the Channel for a decade.


Man charged over pensioner's murder

A 24-year-old man was charged with the murder of a 73-year-old grandmother whose body was found on a path in Southwick, near Hove, a week ago.

Marie Harding
Marie Harding worked for Brighton and Hove Albion FC
Daniel Julian Gonzalez, of Southwood Avenue, Woking, in Surrey, was charged by Sussex Police on Wednesday.

He appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, London, on Thursday.

He is accused of murdering Marie Harding, who worked part-time at the Brighton and Hove Albion club's Queen's Road ticket office.

She died from a stab wound to the neck.


Runaway girl in Gatwick reunion

An American teenager who ran away from home and flew into the UK at Gatwick was later reunited with her mother at the West Sussex airport.

Jing Wen Chen, 15, from Missouri, used her mother's credit card to pay for a flight from Philadelphia, stopping off at St Louis and Charleston in the US before crossing the Atlantic.

She arrived at Gatwick on Monday, and told immigration officials she was in the UK to seek a place at Oxford University.

Jing Wen was found in Inverness, Scotland, on Thursday and was flown back to Gatwick where she was reunited with her 40-year-old mother Sharon on Thursday night.


Car stuck in house removed at last

A car which crashed through the wall of a couple's living room after skidding off a road and clipping another house, was removed on Friday - after 12 days wedged in the wall.

The car wedged in the wall
The car smashed through a wall and into the living room

The white BMW left a gaping hole in the wall of Terry and Jackie Harding's house in Warlingham, Surrey, on 12 September.

The couple had stayed in a hotel until the car could be removed.

"I am glad it is out now. I will wave it goodbye as it goes up the road," Mr Harding said.




SEE ALSO:
Murdered man's businesses probed
20 Sep 04  |  Southern Counties
Man charged over pensioner death
22 Sep 04  |  Southern Counties
Cell hearing for murder suspect
23 Sep 04  |  London
Car smashes sideways through wall
13 Sep 04  |  Southern Counties
House smash car removed from wall
24 Sep 04  |  Southern Counties



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